CTA Garfield Gateway Station

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Bridges and Public infrastructure
  • Company/Firm
  • Lead Designer
    Thomas Hoepf
  • Design Team
    Design Team: Jef Jakalski, Sara Fetterolf, John Stryker, Nick Cave, Bob Faust
  • Architect
  • Interior Designer
    EXP in collaboration with Nick Cave Art
  • Const. Company
    Walsh Construction
  • Photo Credit
    Aron Gent, James Prinz
  • Location
    Chicago, IL USA
  • Client
    Chicago Transit Authority
  • Project Date

The Garfield Gateway Station was built for the 1892 World’s Columbian Exposition. It includes two stationhouses – one non-active (historic), one active. Our renovation creates a gateway to the Washington Park neighborhood with the restoration/re-purposing of the historic station as community center, and renovation of the active station to serve 475,000 riders, while supporting the revitalization of the community.

The renovation included façade improvements, elevators, platform canopy extensions and enhanced architectural features integrating site-specific art by a renowned Chicago-based artist.

Artwork was re-mixed into patterns via various materials applied to key architectural elements, including:
• Perforated stainless panels cladding façade/elevator towers;
• Ceilings clad in mosaic tiles;
• Structural columns clad in backlit lenticular panels that create movement as viewpoint changes;
• Back-painted glass wall panels;
• Fused art-glass in platform windbreaks.

In this project architecture is art and art is architecture blended to create a fully immersive experience. This high level of integration required true collaboration among architect, artist and builder.